Right to Work Coming to Michigan

In all likelihood, Michigan will be a right to work state by this time next week.

There have been rumors of such a development for about a week … and near certainty the GOP-dominated legislature would pass laws gutting unions (particularly teachers’ unions, along with public education) in the lame duck session. But reports are right-to-work will come to the floor tomorrow. It’ll pass the House easily. It will probably pass the Senate (Dems were just beginning to pressure State Senators not to pass it; this quick trigger will short-circuit that effort). And while Rick Snyder has equivocated on whether or not he will veto it, it seems quite likely he will sign it.

All this comes on the heels of unions’ failed effort to enshrine collective bargaining in the state constitution, which moneyed interests defeated with ads asserting, simply, it would be dangerous, and for which unions failed (IMHO) to generate support outside of union households.

And while some observers suggest this will set off another effort to overturn the right to work legislation, for the short term, at least, it will add Michigan to those states that are racing to the bottom, offering under-educated workers for low wages rather than better educated, more stable workers.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

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bmaz RT @Nick_Hentoff: @bmaz > @stackizshort has it archived on her ustream page. The part where she counted off .@ pointed out the CCTV camera…
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bmaz RT @walterwkatz: @bmaz @JimmySky @strangestrings there so many ways to slice that fruit and there is a distinction between civilian control…
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bmaz @Nick_Hentoff Wow, can you find a link and post it up? That would be pretty helpful.
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bmaz @ParatrooperJJ @TimothyS Or we are quite informed on the difference and are noting the proper analogy.
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bmaz @JimmySky @strangestrings As to civilian review boards, WAY far from prevalent, and often even when in place, feckless. cc: @walterwkatz
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bmaz @dbaich Said by a lawyer that lives better than a lot of folks.
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bmaz @dbaich Because we are not in the upper 90% of wealth that can afford the outrageous fees for better treatment?
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bmaz @Nick_Hentoff If ten, then holy shit, where are all of them. Yes I can be a broken record....
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bmaz @Nick_Hentoff I saw at least two or three on my stupid iPhone screen. At least one clearly closer+apparently focused on area of incident.
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